Varlamov makes 21 saves, Islanders beat Coyotes 4-2

Anders Lee's third-period goal was the eventual winner and the New York Islanders beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-2 on Thursday night.

Derick Brassard and Josh Bailey also scored and Brock Nelson recorded two assists as the Islanders won their fifth consecutive game. Semyon Varlamov made 21 saves in his third win of the season.

Michael Grabner and Conor Garland scored for Arizona. Darcy Keumper made 18 saves as the Coyotes' four-game winning streak was snapped. Jakob Chychrun recorded two assists.

Kuemper's impressive 13-game stretch of allowing two goals or less came to an end when Lee slipped a backhander past the goaltender at the eight-minute mark of the third period. Kuemper is one of 11 goalies in NHL history to have had such a streak. Bailey and Devon Toews assisted on Lee's goal.

Bailey broke a 1-1 tie at 14:03 of the second period when he fired a one-timer from the high slot past Kuemper. Defenseman Adam Pelech helped start the offensive opportunity when he skated into the zone with control of the puck. The Islanders generated a few chances before Bailey scored, with assists going to Nick Leddy and Nelson.

Brassard opened the scoring at 1:25 of the first period when he redirected a puck from Ryan Pulock past Kuemper. Prior to Brassard's first goal of the season, the Coyotes hadn't trailed since the first period against Winnipeg on Oct. 15, four games ago. Pulock and Nelson picked up assists on the play.

The Islanders signed Brassard late in the summer to a one-year contract after the center struggled to find his rhythm after being traded twice last season. The 32-year-old has predominantly played center throughout his 13-year career, but skated at left wing for the first time as a member of the Islanders, alongside Nelson and Anthony Beauvillier.

Grabner evened the score at 1-1 when he snapped a wrist shot past Varlamov at 10:20 of the first period. Bailey failed to effectively chip the puck deep into the offensive zone and the former Islander took advantage of the turnover. Chychrun assisted on the play.

Gardland cut the Coyotes' deficit to one goal when he scored off a rebound at 18:55 of the third period. Chuchrun and Phil Kessel assisted on the play.

Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield scored an empty-netter with 12 seconds remaining to seal the victory.

NOTES: Prior to the game, the Islanders placed Leo Komarov on injured reserve and activated Casey Cizikas. Cizikas missed the previous five games with a lower-body injury. ... New York scratched 19-year-old defenseman Noah Dobson, and forwards Ross Johnston and Tom Kuhnhackl. ... Chychrun skated in his 180th NHL game and has played the most games by a defenseman before his 22nd birthday in franchise history. ... Arizona scratched Eric Comrie, Barrett Hayton and Aaron Ness.


Islanders: At Ottawa Senators on Friday.

Coyotes: At New Jersey Devils on Friday.


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